Tag Archives: leadership

Empowering Decision Making Throughout An Organization

As a leader in business, I do not expect (nor do I want) managers to always make the same decision as I would in any given situation. How limiting and dangerous would that be? I believe that a variety of perspective among capable people will eventually lead to the best possible decisions. In order to nurture a sense of […]

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Seahawks’ Transformation a Lesson for Leaders

Today in Seattle, people are extremely excited about the recent success of its football team (Seahawks). Such success is not normal for this town which has had one major championship (NBA championship in the 197-79 season) throughout its sports history. That franchise (Sonics), by the way, is no longer in town. While the Seahawks are […]

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Humility Needs to Accompany Confidence

It’s amazing how I seem to know so much less as I get older. Of course, what I mean is that as I get wiser with age I realize how little I actually do know. Humbling. Yet, there are benefits with wisdom and experience. I believe I now work smarter, make a few less mistakes, […]

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Unified Executives Lead a Unified Organization

Once again, I’m reminded about the most important team within an organization — the executive team. In planning for the upcoming year, an executive team’s ability to align, collaborate, and plan the overall strategy will determine the potential success for any company. In today’s complex organizations, unified and efficient coordination of parts is more vital […]

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Motivating Employees

Recently, I gave a short presentation on motivating employees to our Vietnam leadership team. As part of a global organization at SDL, motivating employees principles need to stand up against cultural differences between each office. First of all, most organization hire managers based upon their domain expertise and not for their people skills. There is […]

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Ambiguity Leads to Complacency

Complacency and lack of urgency within a work environment are poor reflections on leadership. Most people want to be a part of something bigger than just their individual selves. People want to be contributing to a “winning team”.  Such desire to attach and contribute to something great is what has allowed us as humans to […]

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Getting People to Row in the Same Direction

“If you could get all the people in an organization rowing in the same direction, you could dominate any industry, in any market, against any competition, at any time” quote from Patrick Lencioni’s The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. Then, why do so many corporate leaders not focus more on getting a team to collectively […]

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The Most Important Team is the Leadership Team

As we move into another new year, one of my priorities is strengthening the leadership team. As a senior management team, each member is completely committed to his/her own functional teams and employees. However, we’ve not spent sufficient time strengthening the cohesion and teamwork within the leadership team itself. Like all teams, the leadership team has dysfunctions and issues that need […]

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Two Critical Parts of Building A Great Team

Ask a successful leader about factors to his success, and “his team” will always be high on the list — guaranteed. If only it was as simple as that. Of course, a leader wants a great team, but many in power are poor at selecting the right individuals for a team and/or are horrible at building smart cohesion […]

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What the Penn State Scandal Teaches Us About Accountable Leadership

While details of the sexual molestation scandal at Penn State continue to come out, people are polarized on the firing of legendary football coach Joe Paterno. While there will be no criminal charges brought against Paterno because he reported one of the incidents that came to his attention to his superiors, many believe he should […]

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